International Symposium Breaking Frontiers: Submicron Structures in Physics and Biology XLII Zakopa (Zakopane School 2008)

Venue: Zakopane

Location: Zakopane, Poland

Event Date/Time: May 19, 2008 End Date/Time: May 24, 2008
Registration Date: Feb 28, 2008
Early Registration Date: Feb 28, 2008
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International Symposium

Breaking Frontiers: Submicron Structures
in Physics and Biology

XLII Zakopane School of Physics, May 19 - 24, 2008

The XLII Zakopane School of Physics will be held from 19th to 24th May, 2008. The conference is organised by The Henryk Niewodniczanski Institute of Nuclear Physics in Cracow. Our conference, for historical reason called School, has been organized since 1963.

This year we would like to propose to cover the following topics:

1. Structures and properties of low-dimensional materials.
- design, synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials

- coatings, multilayers, thin films, nanoparticles

- nanopatterning – pre- and post-growth processing, self-assembly
and self-organization

- biological applications of nanostructured materials and nanoscaled

2. Physics for medicine and biology
- DNA, cell and tissue damage
- influence of external factors on cells and tissues properties
- biofilms and biomaterials
- molecular and intercellular interactions
- bio-markers and bio-sensors

3. Towards protection of natural environment
- photosynthesis

- heavy metal stress
- pollution

- corrosion
- protection mechanisms evolved by living organisms,
- monitoring and protection
- renewable sources of energy

4. Recent technical achievements in submicron structure investigations
- IR, X-ray and particle micro- and nano-beams
- advanced imaging techniques
- sample preparation
- methods of pollution investigation

According to School tradition the research on the above topics was performed using nuclear, ion beam and other techniques in particular: Mossbauer spectroscopy, Perturbed Angular Correlations, PIXE, Channeling, RBS, Synchrotron Radiation X-ray Fluorescence, XANES, InfraRed Spectroscopy, and Atomic Force Microscopy. However, this time the other techniques are also welcomed.